Hugee Cooper

Mr. Hugee Cooper, son of the late William and Della Brown Cooper, was born in Florence, S.C., on Oct. 5, 1921. After a brief illness, he peacefully departed this life at his residence on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Reared in South Carolina, Hugee received his formal education. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1949.

Hugee married Louise Hardy and acquired two dutiful daughters. She predeceased him in 1998.

Hugee held a variety of jobs to include Crater District Area on Aging where he drove the van for the Meals on Wheels program and met many people from various walks of life. He was also an employee of Petersburg public Schools. Hugee retired from the school board and was awarded a plaque for 29 years of stalwart service and in 1996, he received the Gillfield Child Care Award for outstanding service.

A faithful tithe paying member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Hugee was about his father's business while serving as dedicated usher and trustee. In 2011, he received special recognition for achieving the longest membership and for being the oldest member. He was a strong-willed, praying man who lived a simple life. He enjoyed football, loved dogs, watched a variety of news programs, especially PoliticsNation with the Rev. Al Sharpton, and was knowledgeable of current events.

Special thanks to the Amedisys Caregivers, Southside Regional Medical Center, and Gentiva Hospice for their integrity and boundless efforts to maintain professional uncompromising service, Big Cleve and Willie Odom who proved to be true friends in challenging times.

Hugee wore a variety of hats and was known by several titles including Pop, Dad, Pa-Pa, Papa Cooper, friend, lover, and husband.

He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Casedah Imani-Cooper; son, Elvin Cooper; daughters, Susan Jones (Charles) and Vernell Ford; a sister: Addie McCants; devoted daughters by proxy: Dorothy Threatt, Barbara Buford, Amariyah Ammanuelle, and Ruth Anderson; eight grandchildren; and 11 grandchildren by proxy; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren by proxy; eight great-great-grandchildren; nephews, Samuel, David, Joseph and James Eady and James Cooper Jr.; nieces, among them, Irene; father-in-law, Yonathan Prince; special friends, Janis Macklin, Rosa Garris and goddaughter, Brittney Maddox, LaTanya Hill, one of his favorite soloists; and a host of other relatives; acquaintances; and friends.

Services for Mr. Hugee Cooper will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, the Rev. Jeffrey L. Reaves Sr., pastor, eulogist. The interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.

The family will receive at 722 E. Bank St., Petersburg.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Cooper at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J.M.Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 SOUTH AVE Petersburg, VA 23803-4220
(804) 732-8911

Published in The Progress-Index from Mar. 28 to Mar. 30, 2014